Language, Society and Consciousness - The Collected Works of Ruqaiya Hasan Vol 1 - Ruqaiya Hasan†

Language, Society and Consciousness - The Collected Works of Ruqaiya Hasan Vol 1 - Ruqaiya Hasan†

Editor’s Introduction: Language and society: conflict or co-genesis?

Language, Society and Consciousness - The Collected Works of Ruqaiya Hasan Vol 1 - Ruqaiya Hasan†

Ruqaiya Hasan† [+-]
Macquarie University
Ruqaiya Hasan, who died in 2015, was a professor of linguistics who taught and held visiting positions at various universities in England. Her last appointment was at Macquarie University, Australia, from where she retired as Emeritus Professor in 1994. Throughout her career she researched and published widely in the areas of verbal art, culture, context and text, text and texture, lexicogrammar and semantic variation. Read her obituary here

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The chapters of this volume explore the intimate relations of society, language and mind: the development of each of these depends on the contribution of the other two. In this sense they are co-genetic: mind has recently been described by the famous neuro-scientist, Susan Greenfield, as 'personalized brain.' The development of human mind depends on what it experiences; for human beings, experience goes beyond sensation: it is made of meaning, and interpretation/meaning, in turn, is construed by the various semiotic modalities, of which language is perhaps the most flexible and most pervasive. But language has itself evolved in the course of attempts to reach an 'other.' By shaping the nature of communication, human relations shape also the nature of language; meanings exchanged in verbal interaction become a major force in shaping forms of consciousness; and our consciousness reveals itself in our cultural practices, our ways of being, doing and saying.

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Hasan, Ruqaiya . Editor’s Introduction: Language and society: conflict or co-genesis?. Language, Society and Consciousness - The Collected Works of Ruqaiya Hasan Vol 1. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 275-276 Aug 2005. ISBN 9781904768340. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=25634. Date accessed: 20 Sep 2021 doi: 10.1558/equinox.25634. Aug 2005

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